A Book List for Bookworms

The fall semester starts up this week (seriously, where did the summer go??), so I’m bringing you a post that is a little different than what I usually do. About a month ago I was asked to take over an American literature class that focuses on fiction from 1899/1900. This is a little out of my comfort zone, but I’m really excited to have a class full of actual English majors and read a few books that are completely new to me (I hadn’t even heard of Pauline Hopkins until now!). Continue reading

A Doughnut a Day

I like wearing doughnuts almost as much as I love eating them, which means I immediately fell in love with this doughnut tank from elle & k boutique.

Tank - elle & k boutique ($20); shoes and skirt - Old Navy

Tank – elle & k boutique ($20 comes in ivory or grey); shoes and skirt – Old Navy

I usually wear this tank with jean shorts, but I thought it would be fun to dress it up and bring out the colors of the doughnuts with some bright blue and pink. This doughnut tank never fails to make people laugh and/or smile!

Although this tank by itself is adorable, I also have to brag on elle & k because I think it’s important to support small businesses, especially ones with great service. They offer free shipping (hooray!) and my tank arrived wrapped in pink tissue paper with an oh-so-cute koozie and a handwritten note! They sure know how to treat a lady right! 🙂

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A doughnut a day is definitely my motto. If you need to get your doughnut accessory/clothing fix, I’ve linked some of my favorites below!

Doughnut Float from Amazon

Donut rings from Forever 21

Donut Sweatshirt (listed in men’s)

“Life Without Jesus Is Like a Donut” Tank from Be Still Clothing

Satisfy a Sweet Tooth in Charleston

I have a massive sweet tooth. I love all food, but it seems like doughnuts, cookies, and cupcakes have a hypnotizing effect on me. My mom is an amazing baker, which is probably the reason I appreciate a moist, buttery cake buried beneath an inch of icing. Cakes in the Lauzon household are no joke. They are also one of the reasons I force myself to run. Continue reading

Trying New Things – Yoga

I know, I know. I’m extremely late to the yoga party. But at least I’m finally showing up. I convinced myself this week that I needed to end my gym drought and make use of some of the classes I was paying for. Since I’m training for the Rock ‘n Roll Savannah half marathon, I figured yoga would be a helpful addition and would force me to do a little stretching (I got scolded at Fleet Feet for being a stretch slacker). I’ve been getting better at working stretching in, but I still forget to do it after runs :\

I have a silly habit of getting nervous about going to places I’ve never been or participating in activities/events that I’ve never done. I think it’s the control freak in me that doesn’t like giving up control and being knowledge-less about the situation – who will be there? will I run into a student? will it be so full that I’ll have to be in the front row? will the instructor be using yoga terms? are there certain yoga clothes I should be wearing so I don’t stand out as the newbie?

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Weekend Getaway – Wilmington, NC (Part I)

Earlier in July, I went to Wilmington for the first time with my two best girlfriends. We’ve been friends since college, and I love these two so much. I’m really blessed to have them both in my life.

None of us had been to Wilmington, so we were really looking forward to the trip. We booked a little apartment above the stores downtown through Airbnb. It was a convenient place to stay, but I didn’t sleep much the first night because of all the downtown/bar noise.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t on my blog game and didn’t get very many pictures. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share my food suggestions!

If you visit Wilmington, I suggest an evening stroll on the riverwalk.

If you visit Wilmington, I suggest an evening stroll on the riverwalk.

Circa 1922 – We had dinner here on Friday, and it was really good! All three of us ordered a hot small plate (spring rolls, pork croquette, and stuffed piquillo peppers), and I highly recommend all of them. For my entree, I had the duck confit, another winner, and for dessert I talked them into splitting the croissant bread pudding (<– get that right now).

The Dixie Grill – We stopped here for breakfast before heading out to the beach, and all three of us were glad we did. I honestly don’t remember what the girls got because I was too focused on my sweet potato pancakes – I didn’t even care if I had pancake belly at the beach!

The Pilot House – Later that evening we wanted something to nibble on and some refreshing drinks, and luckily Wilmington has several options that include a beautiful river view. The Pilot House has a fantastic patio right on the river, so we munched on some Brie and carpaccio, watched the boats go by, and had a perfect sunset.

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Food brings out the worst “I’m so excited about digging in” faces in me.

Our Crepes and More – Definitely two thumbs up! Like the name says, this restaurant focuses on crepes, both sweet and savory. I chose the Versailles crepe (strawberries, bananas, Nutella, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, and ICE CREAM). Add this place to your Wilmington list!

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What are some of your suggestions for my next visit to Wilmington? It’s less than a two hour drive from me, so I’ll be frequenting this fun place!